This exciting Spanish grape varietal is a rarity in Washington State, it is starting to see some increased plantings throughout the State but is still very limited. Coyote Canyon Vineyard was the first in the state to plant Albarino, and our winery is one of only a handful privileged to work with it. This wine has a tropical tone unique to the vineyard site, our Albarino shows notes of pineapple and mild grapefruit combined with a mild grassy note. Flavors of star fruit and white peach are complemented with a nice zippy finish. Not too dry and not too sweet this is a great example of warmer climate Albarino from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington State.
2015 was another hot season which meant we had to be ready to pick this Albarino pretty early. This was my third vintage working at Coyote and I wanted to pick the Albarino with enough acidity to balance the tropical aromas we typically get from our site. The wine was hand picked and feremented in a stainless steel tank until almost dry. A little bit of sugar was left in the wine to balance the acidity. This is a refreshing wine that drinks well on its own or pairs nicely with lighter dishes. While I think I can continue to hone and improve the overall balance of this wine I think it is a great representation of the Albarino from Washington State.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
- Residual Sugar: 1%
- Pick Date: March 8, 2015
- Cases Produced: 99
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Grower Degree Days: 3164
2015 was a very warm vintage resulting in an early harvest and some interesting challenges we haven't faced before. A typical vintage in Washington is pretty warm but 2015 was insane, the heat units accumulated so quickly we were picking 3 weeks earlier than an average year. As with any year many challenges were faced and adversities overcome in order to grow and create a great wine. The summer was hot but we didn't have a lot of days over 100 degrees which allowed the crop to ripen at a nice pace, be it a little faster than a typical vintage. When Fall arrived the grapes were ready about a week ahead of schedule. The wines from 2015 show great promise.
Double Gold - 2016 Wine Press NW
Gold - 2016 Denver International Wine Competition
Silver - 2016 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver - 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition
Silver - 2017 Capital Food & Wine Festival